Sunday, February 2, 2014

Claire Ann Douglas Schwarz, 1949-2014

My mother was so strong, so full of joy and love and pride of her family. She cared for everybody she met and even those she had just read about. She left us much too soon. Friends and family are welcome to post memories at

Claire Ann (Douglas) Schwarz passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at age 64. Born in Flushing, New York, she grew up in Long Beach, New York, and Brigantine, New Jersey. She lived and raised her family in Brigantine and most recently lived in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Claire was a graduate of Atlantic Community College and the Harris School of Business, where she earned a medical assistant certificate. Earlier in her career, she worked as a substitute teacher at the elementary and high school levels, and for several casinos as a pit clerk and slot attendant.

Claire was predeceased by her parents, Bernard Douglas and Elizabeth (Stiebel) Douglas. She is survived by her husband, Edward; her son Eric and his spouse Seth Bookey of South Plainfield, New Jersey; her son Frankie of Brigantine; and her friend Joseph McCourt of Atlantic City. She took great pride in her sons, who were the light of her life. She gained joy from caring for her birds, Charlie and Sam.

Claire had an amazing spirit and brought a smile and sense of optimism to all who knew her. She will be terribly missed by her family and friends.

Claire’s Life Celebration was held Tuesday, February 4, 2014, from 10 to 11 am at the Keates-Plum Funeral Home, 3112 Brigantine Ave, Brigantine, with a funeral service following. She is interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mays Landing, New Jersey.

(The first photo in this post was taken on Christmas 2013. Many more photos are included in Claire's online memorial.)

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